Driving through Oklahoma this week, I was privileged to visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial, the site where the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was bombed in 1995. I was only 12 years old when this tragedy took place, and though I remember hearing about the bombing, I wasn’t old enough to understand the scale of this life-changing event. Maybe naivety about what had happened was partly why I found this visit so moving. Walking into this sacred space, I was overcome with emotion. As the guide talked us through the events of the historic day and pointed out the symbolism behind every piece of the beautiful memorial, my eyes quickly filled with tears. I was particularly struck by two pieces of the outdoor memorial that are called the “Gates of Time.” The east and west sides of the memorial are flanked by two large gates; the east wall representing the time 9:01, one minute before the bombing, and the west wall 9:03, one minute after the explosion. The significance of the 9:03 wall caught my attention. It was to show the city and people’s deliberate choice to move forward from this evil act, toward reconciliation, rebuilding, and …..specifically hope. In my normal, far less tragic life, it often takes me days to even want to start to forgive when I feel hurt, let alone the minute after such evil. The overall impact of the memorial was strong in many ways, but one thought that stuck with me was this: I wonder how much good we could do, individually and collectively, if each of us would regularly embrace this hopeful attitude of the 9:03 wall?